The Great Ice Bear Tours take place in October and November – prime polar bear viewing season. During this time the bears congregate in large numbers on the coast of Hudson Bay for their annual hunt. This tour combines two nights in Winnipeg, three nights at Dymond Lake Lodge with two days of comfortably paced walking geared towards polar bear viewing and photo opportunities, and one night in Churchill with a day on a Tundra Buggy for more bear viewing.
The unique local Tundra Buggies designed to move smoothly over snow and ice and give the best bear viewing opportunities. They are large rubber tyred bus-like vehicles with lots of windows and a rear deck for viewing, all safely 10 feet above the ground. Each buggy holds approximately 25 people and contains on-board washrooms.
Arrive in Winnipeg and stay for one night at the Four Points Sheraton. You’ll need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill. At 6:00pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist.
Arrive in Churchill by air where you will be met and given an orientation to the tour including clothing check (in order to crosscheck your "What to Bring" list). You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft or helicopter to Dymond Lake Lodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada’s most exclusive Polar Bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye out en route for caribou, moose, seals, wolves and of course the Great Ice Bears.
Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. This day includes a guided hike on the rugged and beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Dymond Lake Lodge features a heated Aurora Dome for northern lights observation. All this will be toped off with a gourmet lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada’s Arctic. Local presenters will be on hand to provide guests with an insight into the local cultures and traditions.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the first walking tour generally leaves at 9:30 a.m. Should there be a polar bear in camp (this happens frequently), the walking tour is delayed for picture taking but no one ever seems to mind! The walks are comfortably paced as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. They are guided by professional and knowledgeable tour leaders so you’ll do a lot of learning along the way as well. Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge is the only remote Lodge in the world where you can experience the spectacular wild of the Boreal forest, remote tundra, and the Arctic sea ice all in the same day!
Polar bears are also known to saunter by the Lodge on a regular basis so you can often view them from the warmth and comfort of one of the lounges through the large picture windows. There are a variety of other€tivities to take part in as well should the weather prevent you from exploring the outdoors though such is rarely the case. Lunches will be had at the lodge with some relaxation time. You will head back out around 2:30pm and return to the lodge by 5:00 p.m. for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your full course dinners are served at 7:00 p.m. after which, the fireplace is almost always central. Your guide team will give informative lectures and beautiful slide presentations as well as initiate a discussion about the€tivities for the following day. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by one of the night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears (or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!).
After another hearty breakfast and it is time to pack for the flight back to Churchill. After an aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill where your bags will be stored for you until you can check into your hotel later in the day. Explore Churchill at your leisure. We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit which are all of great interest. Dog sledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon however these should be pre-booked to ensure you arrive in Churchill in time for your tour departure. You will be provided with a $30.00 dinner voucher. The participating restaurants will be outlined on the voucher. Overnight in Churchill.
Today you will travel€ross the tundra in the world famous Tundra Buggies ® for more polar bear viewing. Transportation by bus to and from the Tundra Buggies ® is provided at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively so do remember to grab some breakfast beforehand. Lunch "with the bears" will be prepared and served to you on the tour. Your flight south to Winnipeg is scheduled for this evening where you will check into the Four Points Sheraton for your final night.
Departure dates: October 23 – 29 October 26 – Nov 1 October 29 – Nov 4 November 1 – 7 November 4 – 10
Price includes return international flights from London to Winnipeg, 2 nights in Winnipeg on room only, return domestic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and onto Dymond Lake Lodge, 3 nights at the lodge on full board and 1 night in Churchill on Bed and Breakfast. All excursions and€tivities as listed. Items of a personal nature, excess baggage and gratuities, and meals on first and last night are not included.
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